Tue, April 7, 2020 ~ Dancing Water Daily ~ Nourishing Movement: Presence

So much is happening. And so much is not happening. There is a tsunami of suffering and simultaneously there is wonder and beauty and the unfurling of spring. It’s everything. All at once.

The practice is to bring presence to all of it.

Presence is not some exotic state that we need to search for or manufacture. In the simplest terms, it is the felt sense of wakefulness, openness, and tenderness that arise when we are fully here and now with our experience.
~ Tara Brach, True Refuge

Presence requires open eyes, soft hearts and the strength to turn toward, to step toward the grief and the gratitude, the sadness and the sunshine. Our practice today is Nourishing Movement that invites just that. Please find the video here.

Playlist for Nourishing Movement: Presence, Tue Apr 7 2020
Liberation 4:31 Asher Fulero, YouTube Audio Library
Love or Lust 3:39 Quincas Moreira, YouTube Audio Library
Sunspots 5:43 Jeremy Blake, YouTube Audio Library
The Bucket List 3:31 Quincas Moreira, YouTube Audio Library
Blue Moon 3:33 JVNA, YouTube Audio Library
Mia 5:00 Jeremy Blake, YouTube Audio Library
Don’t Look 4:26 Silent Partner, YouTube Audio Library
El Magicia 4:06 Kevin MacLeod, YouTube Audio Library
James River 5:25 DJ Williams, YouTube Audio Library
Late Night Drive 4:53 Nat Keefe & BeatMower, YouTube Audio Library
Sunny Looks Good on You 3:41 Midnight North, YouTube Audio Library
Baeb Steps 3:46 Noir Et Blanc Vie, YouTube Audio Library
Heuristics For The Brain 3:48 pATCHES, YouTube Audio Library

And the poem Thanks by W.S. Merwin (with thanks to Zakira Beasley) is below

Listen
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water thanking it
standing by the windows looking out
in our directions
back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you
over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks we are saying thank you
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you
with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is

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Help me sustain your Dancing Water Daily practices! No matter how far apart we are physically, we are all connected. The path that we all move along together is held by an Invisible Net of Love that is always there even if we can’t see it. The Dancing Water Daily practices is my thread in that net. Please support my work by offering a donation so I can keep creating these practices for you. With your generous support, I can continue to invest in making these classes available to anyone who can benefit. Please click here https://paypal.me/SusanMcCulley?locale.x=en_US to be part of the Dancing Water Daily Net of Love. And please “Send to a Friend” to avoid PayPal fees! Suggested donation: $5 a class or $15 a week.

Shout outs to this week’s generous donors: Becky Trexler, Gwen Baber, Janice Burnham, Zakira Beasley, and Kathie Anzalone! A thousand thanks! Together we can extend this Net of Love.

AND if, like me, your finances are akimbo, I get it. Another way to help is to share these video practices. Send a link to a friend! Post it on social media! Help spread the word about nourishing movement and moving together apart.
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As I continue to work on all aspects of offerings online classes, you might also check out NiaTV — an online service offering 30 days free access to Nia TV’s at-home dance workouts, podcasts, meditations, and exclusive livestream.
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A reminder that YOU ARE THE BOSS OF YOU. Remember that you are responsible for knowing what your body needs. As with all exercise programs, use common sense and what you know about yourself. To reduce and avoid injury, check with your doctor before beginning any fitness program. By using this video, you are acknowledging that you are fully responsible for your own health and well-being. And by performing any movement exercises, you are performing them at your own risk. Susan McCulley, my website or associated online venues are not responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of what I offer here. Please listen to yourself and do what feels good.

THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES ~ a preview!
Monday, Apr 6 ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement: Presence on Susan’s YouTube Channel ~ find it here
Tuesday, Apr 7 ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement: Presence on Susan’s YouTube Channel ~ find it here
Wednesday, Apr 8 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga on Susan’s YouTube Channel
Thursday, Apr 9 ~ Dharma Dance from Dancing Water on Susan’s YouTube Channel
Friday, Apr 10 ~ All Out, All You Dance Party from Dancing Water on Susan’s YouTube Channel

What’s a silver lining that you are seeing or experiencing? What is a suffering that you are seeing or experiencing? I’d love to know and I always love to hear from you ~ please reach out with email or a comment below!
Until soon, my friends!
Love

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